Tale of Two Tables

The owner of copyright has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following: to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords; to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work; to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or … Read more

Hey, that’s what I said!

I have already written about aspects of copyright law, but exactly is copyright protection?  Copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression.  One way to think of it is it protects creative works that you can somehow see or hear again and again.  Works of authorship include the following categories: … Read more

Mr. Darcy meets The Incredible Hulk

In copyright law, several entities may own different rights in the same piece of material.  One way this might happen is one someone builds upon the work of another and creates a derivative work.  The original work’s author may still own the rights to the original work, but the newer author now has rights on … Read more

A Trip to The Public Domain

Most creative works are protected by copyright for a very long time, but not all and not forever.  Those works not protected are said to be in the public domain.  Once in the public domain, others can use the works without needing to obtain permission from (or pay royalties or license fees to) the owner … Read more

I Saw the Signs

Intellectual property rights all come with their very own symbols.  They are signs to others about what type of rights are being claimed.  I am sure you have seen them, but not everyone is sure which symbol belongs to which right.  So let’s go back to grade school, do a matching game.  Didn’t know there … Read more

Don’t Cut, Paste then Pay

Photo: © 2008 flikr, flikr2639, licensed by Creative Commons You are looking for a nice photograph to take your website from “meh” to “yeah!”  After tooling around, you find the perfect one on someone else’s website.  It has everything you could hope for in a photo.  It is pretty, professional, and just the right amount … Read more

Forms Draw a Blank on Copyright Protection

Copyright protects the original expression of an idea, but not the idea itself as copyright protection extends only to “original works of authorship.” That is why we can have lots of books, films, TV movies, songs, and more regarding the life of Marilyn Monroe of varying quality.  The threshold of what is an original expression … Read more